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is the former u.s. ambassador to russia. or crimea. it's hard to tell at this point. please welcome ambassador michael mcfaul. (applause) mr. ambassador thank you so much for coming on. now ambassador that say great title. you get to hold on to that even if you are not ambassador any more? >> technically but now i'm professor. >> stephen: your excellency. >> if you want to call me that, that would be happy. >> stephen: that is really nice. i would have cards printed up. okay. now as i said you were former u.s. ambassador to russia. an architect of president obama's reset policy there. i hear that term a lot. what does reset mean? because we seem like we're reset to the cold war with russia. >> which i'm in favor of, what was the intention of our reset with russia? >> well back in 200 when president obama used that term the first time, the idea was very simple. that we have some common interest with russia. and if we engage with them f we talk to them we can achieve those outcomes so getting rid of nuclear weapons, sanctions on iran, supplying our troops in afghanistan through russia or increas
. thanks for bringing that report. >> it is. melissa: more sanctions for russia. travel bans and asset freezes await kremlin officials. putin promises they won't make a difference. plus i'm about to get a little nostalgic here on "money." i'm quite a sweet spot when it comes to car develop as many kids in america -- carve. i'm talking to their president next. do you have too much ice cream with sprinkles on top? peace of mind is important when you're running a successful business. so we provide it services you can rely on. with centurylink as your trusted it partner, you'll experience reliable uptime for the network and services you depend on. multi-layered security solutions keep your information safe, and secure. and responsive dedicated support meets your needs, and eases your mind. centurylink. your link to what's next. what'swithout the thinking capitathat makes it real? what's a vision without the expertise to execute it... and the financing to make it grow? whatever your goal, it can change more than your business. whatever your goal, it can change e future. that's wh at barclay
could save you 15% or more. >>> president obama announced more sanctions against russia over ukraine but getting an agreement with europe has not been easy. is it too little to late to get vladimir putin to change his policy? chuck todd is traveling with the president and filed this report for us on the sanctions and latest from the philippines. >> good evening from manila. the president is now asleep after having his third state dinner from four nations on this week-long trip to asia. this one his first visit to the philippines as president. this had to do with a new basing disagreement. for years the u.s. used to have a lot of military to military contacts here in the philippines and that went away over the last 20 years. this is renewing it, a 10-year deal and you will have now more of a u.s. military presence here in the philippines. this asia pivot that the president has been pushing, really has the focus in many ways had been on the economic side but there's also been an expansion of the u.s. military footprint a few years ago there was a basing agreement made in australia and
hitting russia with new sanctions in an attempt to put a little more pressure on vladimir putin. the target of the sanction including high-tech exports to russia's defense industry. full list will be announced later today, that could include wealthy individuals close to putin. it comes alleged provocations in the u.k. >>> two pontiffs canonized during a special mass on saturday. susan mcginnis has details on the historic event in vatican city. >> roman catholics are celebrating their two new saints, pope john xxiii and pope john paul ii were bestowed the church's highest honor at the vatican sunday. it's the first time in the two year history that two popes were declared saints at the same time. the two popes left very different legacies. it's a hero to liberal catholics for bringing the church into the modern era by the five year reign. john paul ii was renowned for keeping the core values on abortion and marriage during his quarter century papacy. a pass of skin from pope john and a vile of blood from pope john paul in the brief but solemn ceremony. >> it's a very different sc
the tension in eastern ukraine. washington will cut off high tech exports to russia's defense industry. pro-russian separatists in eastern ukraine released one member of an inspection team being held against their will. seven monitors from the organization for security and cooperation in europe were brought before cameras at a news conference, where they were called prisoners of war. shortly after, a swedish member of the team who suffers from diabetes was released. the team was detained friday and accused of being spies. wednesday is election day in iraq. but some people in chicago and the suburbs get to *vote in it. there are 16 thousand assyrian christians in illinois who emigrated to america to flee the violence in their home country. many of them cast early ballots yesterday at the assyrian national council in skokie... one of nie polling places across america. at stake are 328 seats in iraq's parliament, the body that will choose the country's president and prime minister. old st. pat's church is celebrating the 30-th anniversary of the world's largest block party! to commemorate thi
a war. a world a way, president obama ending his visit to malaiysia today, says russia hasn't lifted a finger to prevent the war. >> in fact, there's strong evidence that they're encouraging the activity that's taking place. >> standoff that's paralyzed the region and has the world on edge. >> we are waiting to hear if college football players will make history. the resultings of the northwestern vote will be sealed. the national labor relations board hears the university's appeal of that decision, they granted athletes employee status. rocked college sports with billion dollar tv deals and packed stadiums leading many to ask do young athletes deserve a bigger share? >> we don't think that they're employees. these are things that northwestern university already does. >> the remarkable piece researchers have unearthed in san francisco bay. ♪ ♪ [ barks ] whoo! mmm! ♪ ♪ oh, yeah [ whistling ] [ male announcer ] discover your new orleans. start exploring at [ woman ] and i love new orleans! >>> what's in our bay? this is sonar video. these pictures helped solv
we got news for months religious schools. we begin in ukraine wept for russia. insurgents today freed on appeal a european ends of the sting helpers know that in the country's east and gippsland outs. we own and that they relate to it in for the first time they gave assurances that they won't be missed treat it with a separate events the crowd of several hundred pro russia activists stormed the regional tv broke off the scent to it don't yet have a good mom that the russian state tv channels people call me an awful such as its national president said douglas roberts isn't done yet. he explains now why this particular episode was released the incident. it wasn't because the negotiations have succeeded is really for medical reasons. the swedish o s that siti daughter was released i had diabetes. i clearly know he probably needed so in awe so they decided to release them. that said staff did not bother osce monitors are still very much still being held at this hour by pro russian separatist indiana town of sloppy on square up. i spent the good part of the afternoon watching and waiting
western countries prepare to impose new sanctions on russia as early as tomorrow. eight foreign observers being held for three days by pro-russian militants suddenly appeared at a news conference today. our report from nbc's jim maceda in ukraine. >> reporter: they look like prisoners of war, but these were envoys of peace, eight military observers from the osce abducted on friday and paraded today under armed guard. >> we have no indication when we will be sent home to our countries and to see our families. >> reporter: one hostage was freed for medical reasons, but the rest have become the latest weapon in the insurgents' arsenal. "the key of junta," he said, "is holding a number of our allies. so if possible, we're ready for an exchange." flexing their muscles, militants in donetsk tried to commandeer the local tv station and force it to broadcast a russian channel. the militants left when engineers convinced them it couldn't be done. both sides, pro-russian and pro-ukraine forces preparing for war. at this border crossing, ukrainian soldiers make sandbags to beef up their defensive po
. the league has owners from india, russia, south-east asia, they are a global league. they view race relations differently. when you see something like this come out and it goes global and viral, they are looking at how the commission will deal with this. they think about do they want to be a part of something like this. the league is trying to go global. >> smith thought a boycott would not be a good idea and fans should wait for the investigation. now to the crisis in ukraine. pro-russian supporters took over a television station. germany is condemning the parading of european observers kidnapped on friday. pro-russian militias released one, several others are in custody. russian militia captured three ukrainian special forces officers and they, too, were shown to the media. barnaby phillips has more from near donetsk in eastern ukraine. >> reporter: the european military observers were paraded before cameras by the self-ponded major -- appointed mayor of slovyansk, vechislav ponomaryov. they are in no position to complain about what happened to them. >> we are not prisoners of war, but the
is very concerned at how russia will respond to any use of force by these men. >> in the next town, a demonstration in favor of russia it's a small crowd although they do seem to have some support on the sidelines russians control room the buildings. they had an unexpected visito, once one of members of the jury before he fell out with vladimir putin, now trying to mediate. they call him a traitor and tell him to go away. in donetsk armed pro-russians took over the t.v. station. the ukrainian police, such unreliable allies of the government in kiev stood by and watched it happen. the largest crowds of the day were in the cemeteries. this is the day of the dead, when people go to meet their ancestors' spirits. nat natalia warns her dead relatives and wonders what they would make of all of this chaos >> translator: my relatives would be shocked if they could see what is happening. they would say: you have to fight for ukraine. my brother lives in russia, and i live here. i am afraid of war, and a war that my son will be taken into the army. >> she is part of the silent majority th
to sterling at this point? >> it goes beyond the american borders. the league has owners from india, russia, south-east asia and it is a global league. they view our race relations in the united states differently. when you see something like this come out and it goes global and viral, they are looking at how the commissioner will deal with this. they think about it differently. do they want to be a part of something like this, and the league is trying to go global. >> charles smith former l.a. clippers player, thank you for coming in. >>> we had our first look at european observers being head. captives made them available to reporters. one was freed, the rest are under arrest. barnaby phillips has the details. . >> reporter: the european observers were paraded before the cameras. they are in no position to complain about what has happened. >> we are not prisoners of war, we are the guests of mayor vechislav ponomaryov. and we are treated as such. >> at least they were able to show their families they are alive and well. later, an observer from sweden was released on grounds of ill health.
newsroom." >>> president obama says the world must unite to show its disapproval of russia's actions in ukraine. speaking from malaysia today, the president said an international coalition is needed to avoid the perception that this is strictly a u.s. versus russia issue. >> it's important for us to take further steps, sending a message to russia that the kind of destabilizing activities that are taking place in the east and the south ukraine have to stop. >> moscow has refused to pull back thousands of troops at the ukrainian border and have denied flying military aircraft into ukraine's air space. >>> all right. here in the u.s., residents in several states are bracing for a possible outbreak of severe weather today. this could include tornadoes. we've already seen warnings and watches in several states. jennifer gray is in the cnn weather center. jennifer, we're starting to see activity percolate, right? >> yes. we're already watching this line continuing to push to the north and east. these are moving to the north and east at about 55 miles per hour. these are very fast moving st
. >>> good to have you with us. pro-russia government has released someone after two days in the ukraine. the swedish national was apparently released because he suffers from diabetes, but seven colleagues are held hostage as barnaby phillips reports. >> reporter: the european military observers were paraded before cameras. they are in no position to complain about what has happened to them. >> we are not prisoners of war. we are the guests of the mayor. we'll be treated as such. >> reporter: at least they could show their families their alive and well, and later one observer from sweden was released on grounds of ill health. others have not been treated so kindly. these three men were captured by pro-russian government near slovyansk, ukrainian intelligence officers. this is what they looked like after their interrogation. on the road into slovyansk, the ukrainian army. it is not a town under siege, but the soldiers are working to prevent more weapons from coming in. this is the ukrainian army trying to show it's in control, but throughout the crisis its approach has typically been hesi
, then they need to get serious about it, and so far the sanctions that have been imposed on russia are not serious. the prospect is the ones to be announced tomorrow will not be serious either, and, therefore, will have no effect. >> you talk about serious action. what do you think we should do. we have a point about the economy. standard & poor's cut their rating on friday. the interest rates are now 7.5% and the russian stock market is down 14.5% and putin just like says so what. >> two things. number one. what's causing the economic impact in russia is not the sanctions. it's the uncertainty and risk associated with the conduct of military operations in and around ukraine. you know the own payment, capital is a coward, the greatest pacifist in the world are capitalists who don't like the risk. let's also not forget that the economy and ukraine is going into the tank as well. so i think putin calculates that whatever the wounds he's suffering economically, temporary and can be overcome. which is why if the west is serious it needs to up its game, both politically and economically. >> we've got t
the president was certainly prepared for, and that is addressing the new sanctions for russia. kristen, what's the latest on that front? >> reporter: he was asked why the united states wouldn't move forward unilaterally with the biggest sanctions that would have a big bite on the russian economy, not onboard with sectoral with the sanctions, because they believe it could hurt their economy. they say it's more powerful to present a united front with its european allies, and to impose sanctions, therefore, on more high-ranking individuals, those who are closest to putin. president obama making the point if the united states would move forward unilaterally, it would give putin an opening to make it a face-off against the u.s. and russia. tony earlier today said on "meet the press" that the u.s. isn't ruling anything out, including potentially targeting putin himself. alex? >> kristen, i do want to ask you about that poignant moment today as the president was speaking at the town hall with university students, and he reflected on losing his mother to cancer. what did he say? >> reporter: right.
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on what's happening between ukraine and russia this morning. >>> also if you're looking for some cheap eats around the bay area, abbie from yelp will join us to explain where you can find meals for under $10. >>> we are live at oracle arena. >>> i suspect the nba is going to be deeply concerned in resolving this. >> president obama speaking out this morning about those highly controversial comments that have the clippers doing damage control. what the owner allegedly says that had top nba players demanding action. >>> this is the bay area's news station, kron4 news weekend starts now. >>> a big game today on the court between the golden state warriors and the l.a. clippers but it's off the court that's causing a lot of controversy this morning. some comments made by or alleged to clippers owner donald sterling. mike pelton has the latest on that. good morning, mike. >> reporter: good morning. you can see oracle arena set and ready to go for the game at 12:30 this afternoon. some of the dance teams are on the court. all the seats covered with these t-shirts that fans will get today but
. >> and a taste in russia that's not always known for food. >> partly cloudy dry conditions expected for your afternoon. as the wet weather this morning begins to taper off a little bit later this morning. we are seeing a little bit of rain and up in some areas, i update those numbers and update the numbers coming up. >>> south korea's prime minister left 300 people missing or dead. many of the passengers were high school students. the investigation comes amid rising criticism of a government scandaling of the disaster. it's mostly symbolic because most of the power rests with south korea's president. 15 crew members have been arrested including the ship's captain. >>> this morning, a u.s. submarine scanning the bottom of the indian ocean for the malaysia jet. it's the 15th search for flight 370. may have been hurt on april 8th. malaysia is scheduled to make its report on that missing plane public next week. >>> president obama said the u.s. will continue to help in the search for the missing plane. the president made that announcement this morning after meeting with the country's prime mi
states and then the soviet union and now russia. all of this is interrelated. nevertheless, the united states is a big player in asia. the ukraine situation demands attention. vladimir putin is plotting his next moves. the united states has taken a tough stand, but putin isn't listening. we may have an economic war that gets deeper now, which will have pretty wide affects, and the president is trying to manage that very carefully. >> all right, david, appreciate the time. we'll talk with you in a little built to see what else you have coming up on "meet the press" this morning. >> thanks, erica. >> let's go to jenna for a look at the other stores this morning. >> good morning, everyone. we begin with the latest on that ferry disaster in south korea. the country's prime minister announced his resignation today over the government's handling over the april 16th sinking. the tragedy has left more than 300 people dead or missing. >>> president obama was in malaysia today where he addressed the recent missing jetliner, saying the u.s. will continue to aid in its search. the president made t
here. the ukrainian army was no match for russia's power. it's hard to see how there could be any resistence for russians to show up on their door step. >> how does the situation of those prisoners in slovensk, with the consideration of what is happening in kiev. >> reporter: i think those who have been held hostage, there has been no military operation held on the ground. shortly before that the government announced phase two of its anti-terror operation, but that was never implemented. the young men said boldly they're going keep as many hostages as they can as long as their town is surrounded by government forces who they say came to slaughter their town it is certainly a huge hiccup. it's not just about slovenesk, but there are other towns where they tried to take over the government buildings, they didn't succeed, but the people are angered and hardened, and you have that all over eastern ukraine at the moment. the reason there is no military operation is because of these who are held and any move by the government could put their lives in jeopardy. >> thank you very much. so
to release the o.s.c.e. delegation, at least the foreigners. >> president obama said that russia has not lifted a finger to help. economic sanctions should be enough to start a deescalation. >>> south korean prime minister chung hong-won is standing down, taking responsibility for the ferry disaster. the president has accepted the resignation. anger at the government response to the disaster led to the resignati resignation. >> reporter: 11 days, days marked by grief, anger and recrim nation. the prime minister decided to take the fall. >> translation: the right thing to do is take responsibility and resign. on behalf of the government i apologise for many problems, from the prevention of the accident to the early hand lipping of the disaster. >> on the day after it went down south korea's president chut chunk in charge of the effort. supervising the multi-agency response and put him in the firing line. at one point when parents of missing children threw a water bottle and scuffled with him. and again when he stopped the car leaving the island of jindo. relatives were furious about t
in malaysia barack obama was thinking about crimea. he said russia should stop encouraging unrest in the east of ukraine, and there was brode support for sanctions to deter moscow. >> the motion that for us to go forward with sectorial sanctions would be the most effective deterrent. mr putin, i think, is factually wrong. we'll be in a stronger position to deter mr putin when he sees that the world is unified and the united states and europe is unified. >> inside ukraine, a team of negotiators is heading to the east. hoping to secure the release of their colleagues held by gunmen in slovyansk. the group of military observers have been detained since friday, as the leader of the pro-russian group suggests he would consider a prisoner swap. moscow would do norrees sanctions. the leader of a separatist group in the eastern city of slovyansk said me have detained three ukrainian intelligence officers. the me were captured in an overnight operation. russian media is reporting the group wanted to exchange the officers for separatists who are previously detained. hoda abdel-hamid joins me from donet
between russia and ukraine. >> and peter doocy is joining us live from washington, d.c. with all the details. good morning, peter, what can you tell us? >> reporter: i can tell you overnight the president said they need to place new sanctions on russia together as part of the unified effort because president obama says if this becomes the united states versus russia conflict, the impact of the sanctions won't be felt as much. >> oftentimes they are really interested in portraying this through this old cold war prism, when in fact that's not what the issue is here. the issue is respecting basic international norms of sovereignty and territorial integrity. >> reporter: as the conflict between ukraine and russia boils over, the underwater search for malaysia flights 370 continues. and even though millions of dollars worth of american time and equipment haven't produced any tangible results yet, top officials in malaysia are very grateful. >> on this journey, we are thankful for the united states and our friendship. over the past two months, the strength of our relationship has been
survived when the polish state had been literally have l apart by russia and others. and that gave john paul ii a distinctive view of history. unlike those who imagine that politics drives history, or economics drives history or some combination of politics and economics drives history, john paul ii believes that culture drives history, and that the card of culture is religious faith. that's what he deployed in those remarkable nine days in june of 1979 when in a sense he restored back to the polish people their identity. the truth about themselves. and told them they'd find tools of resistance that tyranny could not match in that reclamation of their identity. and, of course, the solidarity movement was born 13 months later, and the revolution of '89 unfolded over the next decade. >> and he was such a -- >> so that distinctive polish experience of culture first. >> and he had such a connection with young people. i understand that we may have a picture -- yes, we do -- from poland. these images you're seeing from the vatican certainly being watched with keen into in john paul ii's nativ
when he sees that the world is unified. >> the u.s. president sends another warning to russia to stop meddling in the east of ukraine. and south africa since aparthe apartheid, how much has things really changed? >> but first hundreds of thousands of people are in st. peter's square in the vatican. there is the scene live as you can see cardinal there is making their way as they prepare to take part of a mass which is due to get under way just about now. well, al jazeera is there in the thick of it in vatican city. he joins us live now, and today is significant and historic, isn't it, jonah, in several ways. >> it certainly is activityic because two hope popes are being cannoneersed, and that has never happened before. pope francis presiding, but also attended by pope benedict xvi. this will be his most prominent public appearance since as we seek. the opening stages head of moments away, the canon indication ceremony itself. and in a short half hour or so pope francis will declare those two popes saints. on the altar they will be represented by relics of their lifetime. a vial of joh
in ukraine as the west prepares new sanctions for russia. american soldiers are head today eastern europe. today, the u.s. deployed 150 troops to lithuania. they will be ready if the conflict spills beyond the borders. america is sending 600 troops to that region. meanwhile in eastern ukraine, gun men are proposing a prisoner swap. russians accused them of spying. their captors say they will exchange them for jailed pro-russian activists. the latest from donetsk >> reporter: on both sides in eastern ukraine, funeral are becoming political events. this time, it was probe russian separate tests laying one of those their heroes to rest in the town of slovyansk. lubanits killed by ukrainian soldiers two days ago, now a martyr for his cause. >> long live lombas. ukraine is with russia >> it's in slovyansk that the military observers are beingheld by pro-russian gun men who said .1 way they could be released would be in an exchange for the government in kiev which is holding a number of pro-activists >> they have always been coins of exchange. it's an international practice to swap prisoners. t
sanctions against russia as pro- russian forces are holding captive an eight-member team of european observers in slavyansk tonight. as holly williams reports, they show no sign of backing down. >> reporter: in slavyansk today, the town's new separatist mayor, vyacheslav ponomaryov, took questions about the european observers his men are holding. what exactly are the accusations against the inspectors? >> reporter: he told us all of them are suspected of carrying out intelligence gathering in separatist territory. in other words, they're accused of being spies. slavyansk has been under the control of pro-russian separatists for more than a week, but taking foreign prisoners is something new here and could be a sign that the militants are running out of patience. after the press conference, we asked if we could see the inspectors and were told no. are the men that you've detained, are they safe? are they being treated well? "yes," he said. "you don't need to worry." ukraine's government and the u.s. accuse russia of aiding this insurgency and new russian military exercises just over t
as the war of words with russia grows more intense. >> and high honor for a baseball icon, why a statute of a broadcaster is way up there near the worst seats in the house. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with
will have a now round of u.s. sanctions and european union sanctions and targeting russia and russian president vladimar putin & his cronies. >> russia being isolated so that no businessman or woman with any sense are going to want to envest there, that is a problem for russia's long- term interest. president putten is not a stupid man, and i think recently acknowledged that this has had already an impact. >> reporter: u.s. sanctions so far have not stopped putin in the situation on the ground, it appears to be deteriorating with the prime freedom of ukraine saying that he thinks putin is sparking world war three. >> you hear him talk about putin is not a stupid man. and what about the fighter jets coming in ukraine? back in washington, the president is getting hard criticism. people want him to take a harder lean on russia>> reporter: right. john mccain said look instead of targeting his cronies, going after sectors of the russian economy. banking and energy and hit them where it hurts. there is already some impact on the russian economy, but you could jack it up. and mccain saying
donbas. ukraine is with russia. long live donbas >> it's also in slovyansk that the european militariary observers are being held by pro-russian gun men who said .1 way the observers could be released would be in exchange for the governments of kiev holding a number of pro-russian activists >> prisoners have always been pawns to exchange during times of war. it's an international practice to swap prisoners. there is nothing scary about it. >> this is the administration center in donetsk, and as you can see, there is no sign of pro-russian groups are giving up their control. their barricades are still up. let's go over here and see the other side of life in the east because for most people, things are going on as normal. they might be ang. they are keeping to themselves. >> that's the same not just in donetsk but across eastern ukraine. >> kiev, they were marking a grim an accompanies re, 28 ye s years. it was event did on the eastern border that occupied the politicians who came to this event. >> translator: if russia continues its aggression and ignores decisions made during negotiati
's news headquaters. >> topping the news this hour, tougher sanctions against russia could be coming in a matter of days as pro-russian separatists in ukraine are holding them hostage. >> and there's controversy swirling around the owner of one of the nba teams. have you heard about this? disturbing audio recordings have come to light. >> plus a public out cry. why labor unions are lashing out at the obama administration while protestors rally in the nation's capitol. >> we begin with the high profile presidential trip to asia dominated by the crisis in ukraine as well as tension with north korea. president ball balm in asia today becoming the first u.s. leader to visit the country in nearly half a century. it's the third stop on his tour of asia aimed at building closer tie with the u.s. allies in the region. chief white house correspondent ed henry is live from malaysia with more, ed. >> good to see you. you're right. the first u.s. president since lyndon johnson to visit this asian nation. they would love to talk about the good will here, trade ties. a big steak dinner for the pre
against russia. european xdiplomats are said to have an emergency meeting on monday. they are talking about deescalating tensions on the ground. secretary of state john kerry and his continuerpart spoke on the phone and asked to stop ukrainian actions against pro-russian demonstrators. the prime minister cut short a trip to italy because of the tensions in the east. >> russian military aircraft, today at 9:00 crossed and violated ukrainian airspace for seven times. russian aggression has its aim to undermine the global security and global stability to redraw the lines and to revise the consequences of the second world war. >> also, from moscow, promising to help release european monitors in eastern ukraine. more on that >> reporter: on both sides, funerals are becoming political events. this time, it was pro-russian sep rat te separatists laying a hero to rescue in slovyansk, killed by ukrainian soldiers two days ago, now a martyr for his cau cause. ukraine is with russia. long live donbas. >> it's also in slovyansk that the observers are being held by pro-russian gunmen who said one
. >>> and president obama visits a country tormented by a missing plane but russia is becoming a major distraction for the president. what the president is saying about all of it. >>> let's begin in washington. president obama is out of town on his four-country tour of asia. but the crisis in ukraine is moving very quickly. and we're learning new details about what the u.s. and other countries plan to do next. erin mcpike is at the white house even though the president is traveling. so, erin, what is the latest on the u.s. response to the situation where ukraine and russia? it continues to bubble. >> basically it's simply more sanctions. although we haven't seen a deterrent effect yet as we've been talking about today we did see a russian aircraft enter ukrainian airspace overnight. the state department is insi insisting that it's working. i want to play for you something that jen psake said yesterday. >> we are seeing an impact. we've seen even president putin admit this week that there is an impact on the russian economy from the steps we've taken. >> and the united states has been trying to con
to impose new sanctions on russia. good afternoon, i'm arthel neville. >> i'm eric shaw in for gregg jarrett. armed pro-russian separatists now are holding a group of international observers and accusing them of being nato spies. we're streaming live from donetsk, ukraine, with the latest. leland? >> reporter: hi, eric. those pro russian separatists now say they will exchange these international observers for a number of separatists being held by the ukrainian government. the government is firing back saying the observers are being held as human shields inside the pro russian stronghold, besieged by ukrainian soldiers. the soldiers, though, have not moved into the town, really out of fear of the amount of civilian casualties that would have to occur if they were going to go door to door and try to root out the separatists who are extremely well-armed. the russian foreign minister for his part says he is going to do what he can in order to help free the international observers who are being held. many will tell you that the russians in this are truly the puppeteers who have said in the past t
. a new museum opens in hong kong. >>> pro-russia gunmen holding a group of international observers captive in ukraine say they are willing to carry out a prisoner swap. the self-proclaimed separatist leader in slovyansk says he'll trade the international observers for kiev political prisoners. eight observers have been missing for 24 hours. they are held behind he is barricades in a building. russia says it will do all it can to secure their release. moscow has been accused of coordinating the kidnapping european leaders will meet on monday to discuss sanctions against russia and accuse moscow of making little effort to persuade groups in the east to disarm. now for the latest from barnaby phillips in donetsk in eastern ukraine. we have been hearing from the separatist leader in slovyansk. what has he been saying about the moves? >> this is a man who appointed himself, effectively, the mayor of the town of slovyansk a couple of weeks ago. he is firmly under groups who are pro-russian - if we can call them that. he is talking about the possibility of some sort of exchange with priso
has imposed a fresh new round of sanctions on russia to take effect monday. nbc's peter alexander is in kuala lumpur with more. peter? >> reporter: craig, good day to you. president obama arrived here this saturday, the first american president to come to malaysia since lbj in 1966, nearly 50 years passing since that time. he was welcomed with a red carpet. he was greeted during a state dinner by the malaysian king, who thanked president obama and the americans for their continued support and efforts to find mh-370. that jetliner that's been missing now for more than a month, an investigation that's confounded folks in this country for that period of time. tomorrow, president obama will be a part of a news conference with prime minister in this country, where he's likely to be asked a series of new questions about the status of sanctions against russia. on saturday, american leaders alongside g-7 leadership insisted they will impose new sanctions on russia as a result of its failure to crackdown on separatists in eastern ukraine. the white house says those new sanctions could come
promising penalties for russia saying we have committed to act urgently toance fie targeted sanctions due to the cost of russia's actions. they cut short a trip to italy today citing escalating tensions with russia. >> russian military aircraft today crossed and violated ukrainian air space for seven times. it's clear that russian aggression has its aim to undermine the global security and global stability. to redraw the lines and to revise the consequences of the second world war. >> meanwhile, in an effort to calm things down, moscow promises to help win the release of european monitors who are being held captive by pro-russian separatists in eastern ukraine. al jazeera's barnaby phillips has more from danask right near the russian border. >> on both sides funerals are political events. this time it was pro-russian separatists laying a hero to rest. in the town of slow yafk is now a martyr for the cause. >> long live dabansk. >> it's also in slow yank. >> they're not observers. they're spying. >> the barricades are still up. let's go over here and see the other side of life in the east.
into its own country or become part of russia. obviously, kelly, we'll have to see if the ukrainian government agrees to that or if they go ahead and have that election on their own. and then what the ukrainians and russians do with the result. back to you. >> yeah. leland, we appreciate you showing us exactly what the ukrainians are trying to defend themselves. we appreciate you reporting from donetsk, ukraine. leland vittert, thank you. >>> five troops have been killed in a british helicopter crash in southern afghanistan near the pakistan border and makes it the deadliest day this year for coalition forces. troops are preparing to withdraw, of course, from afghanistan at the end of this year. and there's no word yet on the nationalities of those killed. in a text message, though, the taliban is claiming they shot down the helicopter. nato is investigating. ♪ >>> and you're looking live. live pictures right now from t vatican city where preparations are under way for the double sainthood ceremony of pope john paul ii and pope john paul iii tomorrow morning, expected to draw mo
to act urgently to intentionfy targeted measures to increase the cost of russia's actions. meanwhile, the ukrainian prime minister cited escalating tensions with russia >> russian military aircraft. today, at 9:00 crossed and violated ukrainian airspace for 7 times. it's clear that russian aggression has -- is aimed to undermine the global security and global stability to redraw the lines and to revise the consequences of the second world war. >> in an effort to calm things down, moscow is promising to help win the release of european monitors being helped captive by pro-russian separatists in eastern ukraine. more right there near the russian border. >> ukraine's intelligence services says one of the hostages or prisoners, if you like, held by the russian gunmen in the town of slovyansk is in urgent need of medical attention. the russians have said that they will work for the release of this osce delegation, which is potentially good news. for ordinary people here in eastern ukraine, for all of the tensions, life does go on pretty much as normal on a very beautiful spring day. weddi
>>> fresh fears this morning of an imminent invasion of ukraine with allegations that russia violated the country's air space overnight. >> president obama in malaysia this morning. but his visit comes exactly 50 days after flight 370 vanished. >> the nra takes center stage in indianapolis firing back at critics and bringing out the gop's big guns. >>> and get ready to see a lot more of this. the national weather service warning a violent weekend is ahead. >>> take a nice deep breath. i'm victor blackwell. >> we do have breaking news we need to tell you about this hour. the crisis in ukraine, it is intensifying by the hour it seems. the country's prime minister accusi accusing russia of crossing air space multiple time sfwls they are ready to release a round of additional sanctions. we're live in the ukraine with the latest. >> reporter: well, as you're saying, the situation here does grow more tense by the moment. the government in kiev continues to say they are launching what they're calling their anti-terrorism operation. just an indication of how chaotic the situation is,
.s. and its allies face off against russia. now new sanctions are likely coming. >>> with the grim search for bodies from that south korean ferry on hold for now we're getting the first look inside the doomed ship, photos posted by a student who sadly is still missing. >> heartbreaking. >>> as we shift gears, a story that has a lot of people talking this morning, buffalo bills cheerleaders will not be on the field this season after several former cheerleaders sued, claiming they were groped, worked long hours with little pay and had to endure things such as the so-called jiggle test. >>> the severe weather trek with millions of people in its path. dylan is tracking it. >> that's why i'm standing. >> i get it now. >> this is how it works today. storms have not yet developed. this whole system is getting its act together. heavier rain to the east of vegas here. this will be our trigger mechanism for how the storms fire up, especially this afternoon and into this evening. we have really warm air out ahead of this, 10 to 15 degrees above average and really cold air, 20 degrees below average b
russia. >>> plus, the path to saint hood. hundreds of thousands flock to roam for the canonization of not one, but two popes. >>> on high alert - weather services warning people of violent storms. [ singing ] >>> and shakespeare at 450 years old. we honour the most recognised playwright in history. >>> good morning to you. welcome to al jazeera america. i'm morgan radford live in new york city. the rhetoric in the ukrainian crisis stepped up a notch with bold declarations made by kiev lawmakers. the ukrainian prime minister accused moscow of wanting to start world war iii echoed by the deputy foreign minister at the united nations. >> do you fear that the russians are on the verge of an invasion? >> yes, we have the information that we are in danger. that's why we call upon russian authorities to explain for what reasons they keep so many troops along our borders. >>> but those allegations have done little to slow down russian military drills along the border, prompting u.s. and e.u. officials to impose more sanctions against moscow. mike vick aira is travelling with president obam
. now today moscow said that it's taking steps to resolve the situation but elsewhere, alex, russia is escalating the tension. in addition to those ground maneuvers you mentioned close to the boirter, there is now -- they're now showcasing state of the art s 300 antimissile systems, russian jet fighters are crossing -- have crossed several times in the past 24 hours and according to the pentagon russian troops are doing what they call, pulsing. that's fainting an invasion only to stop short of the border and peel off north and south. it's apparently a way to test ukraine's reaction in case of a real invasion. of course, alex, finally with all of this going on, the worry is that with president obama and putin no longer talking to each other, the chances of any resolution of this crisis are low but the chances of a dangerous miscalculation on either side are very high. alex, back to you. >> okay, jim maceda. when we next speak i'd like to talk to you about what you found when you went to the ukrainian monastery. we'll get to that next time. thanks so much. >>> more details are emergin
. >>> as clashes heat up in ukrai ukraine, world leaders move to impose new sanctions on russia. coming up, we'll bring you a live report from eastern ukraine. stay with us here on cnn. jooushgsz if it doesn't work fast... you're on to the next thing. clinically proven neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair. it targets fine lines and wrinkles with the fastest retinol formula available. you'll see younger looking skin in just one week. one week? this one's a keeper. rapid wrinkle repair. and for dark spots rapid tone repair. from neutrogena®. . >>>. the worsening crisis in ukraine. leaders of g-7 nations say additional sanctions against russia will be imposed. a senior obama administration official tells cnn that new u.s. sanctions could come as early as monday. we're told new western sanctions could be on individuals, not on president vladimir putin himself. what's happening in eastern ukraine? let's bring in arwa damon joining us from the east part of the country. one thing i'm wondering, with all of the deadly clashes we've seen there over the past week and diplomatic threats of sanctions, can y
sanctions on russia as ukraine's government is sounding the alarm. the country's prime minister claims that russia wants to start world war 3. ukraine always voiced those fears at the united nations today. the country's deputy foreign minister responded to this question from james bays. >> reporter: do you fear that the russians are on the verge of an invasion? yes, we have the information that we are in danger. that's why we call upon the russian authorities to explain for what reason they keep so many troops along our border. >> mike viqueira joins us on the telephone from seoul south korea, what is the latest mike? >> well, in g-7 put forward this statement, john. previously the president signed executive orders, the europeans had gone along, but this is a unified movement and a unified statement. siting the fact that russia has taken no concrete actions in support of the geneva accords that were reached last thursday, matter of fact the situation has worsened significantly. the g7 leaders say it has continued to escalate tensions, by threatening military maneuvers. so the g-7 leade
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